Finding Philosophy in Science Workshop
Arizona State University
Life Sciences C-wing, Room 202
March 27-28, 2020
Vision and Aim
The question of what role philosophy has within science, if any, has grown in prominence. (Laplane et al, 2019 ; PhillinBioMed group) This workshop assumes that including philosophy within science is beneficial for both science and philosophy. Scientists have many commitments about aims and methods, about which inferences are good ones, and about what should be taken as evidence. Such topics are a central focus for philosophers. In particular, this workshop investigates strategies for finding philosophy in science and for exploring the roles for questions that philosophers address have within the larger enterprise of science. Full flier.
Scope and Speakers
The first part of the workshop recognizes a vigorous and varied tradition of locating philosophy within science. The presentations in this part discuss new research about mid-20th century views, collectively providing a useful point of departure for the broader topic of finding philosophy in science.
Thomas Uebel, University of Manchester
Alan Richardson, University of British Columbia
Sander Verhaegh, Tilburg University
The second part of the workshop explores Hasok Chang’s more recent proposal that history and philosophy of science might be thought of as complementary science. A panel with Chang will analyze his proposal and invite meaningful comparisons to those canvassed in the first part of the workshop.
Hasok Chang, Cambridge University
Lucie Laplane, University of Paris - Sorbonne
Kate MacCord, Marine Biological Laboratory
Manfred Laubichler, Arizona State University
The third part of the workshop surveys various disciplinary approaches aimed at determining what role traditionally philosophic questions and commitments actually have in the ongoing work of scientific communities.
Chair: Susan Fitzpatrick
Jane Maienschein, Arizona State University
Steve Elliott, Arizona State University
James Collins, Arizona State University
This workshop will lead to the development of scholarly articles for publication. It will also help ASU prepare for the third annual meeting of the PhilInBioMed International Network, which will be held at ASU in the Fall of 2020.
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